Next generation work
Research on the relation between the physical work environment and productivity has a long history. As early as the 1920s, the Hawthorne studies investigated the effect of light on the productivity of workmen. Since then, many studies have been published that investigated the influence of separate elements in the physical work environment on the productivity and well-being of employees. Because each study investigated a separate element in the physical work environment, we are still missing a holistic view of the influence a work environment has on employees. In addition, the influence of the physical work environment is not isolated from other important influences on employee productivity and well-being.
The current research wants to gain insight into the relation between different factors in the physical work environment, but also into the relation between the physical work environment and other important work-related factors (such as organization culture, job characteristics, time and place-independent work…), and how these constellations of factors have an influence on employee productivity and well-being.
The basis for the research was a thorough literature study on existing research on the relation between the physical work environment and productivity/well-being at work. The insights gained there were used to set up a large-scale survey with Flemish employees on the physical work environment and other important work-related factors, and how they have an influence on well-being and productivity.
This research project aims to generate more insight into how the work environment can play a role in increasing employee productivity and well-being. This knowledge is relevant for HR managers, Facility Managers and workplace consultants, among others.
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